Hydrologic and hydraulic control of macrophyte establishment and performance in streams

  title={Hydrologic and hydraulic control of macrophyte establishment and performance in streams},
  author={Tenna Riis and Barry J. F. Biggs},
Macrophytes play a key role in many unshaded lotic ecosystems, but little is known of the factors controlling their presence, abundance, and composition. Macrophyte abundance, diversity, and composition were studied in 15 New Zealand streams to test the hypotheses that the presence and development of macrophytes in lotic systems is primarily controlled by the hydrologic regime (frequency of high-velocity flood events) and that the interflood spatial distribution and performance of taxa in more… CONTINUE READING
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